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Florence Eshalomi (born 18 September 1980) is a British politician serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Vauxhall since 2019. A member of Labour and Co-operative, she has been the Member of the London Assembly (MLA) for Lambeth and Southwark since 2016. From 2006 to 2018, she was a local councillor, representing the Brixton Hill ward on Lambeth London Borough Council.
|Member of Parliament|
|Assumed office |
13 December 2019
|Preceded by||Kate Hoey|
|Member of the London Assembly |
for Lambeth and Southwark
|Assumed office |
8 May 2016
|Preceded by||Valerie Shawcross|
|Lambeth Borough Councillor|
for Brixton Hill
4 May 2006 – 3 May 2018
|Preceded by||Lydia Serwaa|
|Succeeded by||Maria Kay|
|Born||18 September 1980|
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
|Alma mater||Middlesex University|
Eshalomi is a lifelong Brixton resident and the eldest of three girls from a single parent family. Her mother worked as a school teacher until her illness forced her to retire early. She supported her mother, who suffered from sickle cell anaemia and kidney failure, as her carer.
Eshalomi attended local schools in Lambeth including Durand Primary (now Van Gogh) and St Helen's RC Primary school and Bishop Thomas Grant Secondary School. She completed her A-Level's at St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College in Clapham South. She is the first member of her family to go to university, graduating with a BA Hons in Political & International Studies with Law from Middlesex University. Florence benefited from the EU Funded 'Erasmus Student Exchange' and had the opportunity to study at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Eshalomi started her working life as a 16-year-old at Sainsbury's supermarket, Clapham High Street. She has worked in a variety of campaigning and public affairs roles including in local government as a policy officer, as a regional organiser for the Labour Party during the 2005 general election and as the Public Affairs Manager for the UK's leading race equality think thank, the Runnymede Trust.
Prior to winning her seat in the Assembly, she worked for the PR agency Four Communications as a public affairs account manager.
Eshalomi has previously served as a member of the Progress Strategy Board. In 2016, The Times reported that "one of Momentum's most militant factions" planned to picket an event held to support Eshalomi's candidacy for the London Assembly. MPs including Chuka Umunna, Ben Bradshaw and Stella Creasy strongly criticised the picket, and a spokesperson for Momentum stated that the picket was organised by a separate group and that "Momentum are fully behind Flo's campaign." In 2015 she supported Liz Kendall to become Labour Party leader.
Eshalomi was elected to the London Assembly on 5 May 2016 with a majority of 62,243 over the Conservative Party candidate Robert Flint. She is lead spokesperson for the London Assembly Labour Group on Transport issues, and current Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee.
Eshalomi was selected as Labour candidate for the Vauxhall parliamentary constituency on 27 October 2019, after Kate Hoey, a long-standing MP of 30 years, had announced she would not stand again as Labour's candidate in the constituency. She won the seat with a slightly reduced but still strong Labour majority of 19,612.
Eshalomi is married to Matthew and they have two children, Mia and Malachi, who were both born locally at St Thomas' Hospital.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Vauxhall